I actually felt hurt when I read Mr. Hanke's review of the recently released Gnomeo & Juliet [“Cranky Hanke,” Feb. 16 Xpress]. I took my children, ages 12 and 5, to see the film. The older one, a fan of Shakespeare, was skeptical.
But, being young and mainly happy (read: easily pleased by a movie date with mom on $5 Tuesday) she was won over. She was glad for the happy ending, not being able to imagine killing such cute garden ornaments. My 5-year-old son loved the movie and the music. My only complaint is with my son: He made me move to the very first row of seats, about 10 minutes before the end.
At the risk of being too direct, I'm going to gently tell Mr. Hanke what I tell my children: only boring people are bored. They never like that statement and I see by the number of "cranky" Hanke letters, he won't either.
— Kathryn Fiddyment
Chicago Park, Ca.